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Christine Cushing is a TV chef, cookbook author and creator of her own line of food products.

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The Main Ingredients Spring Edition: Chef's Conclusion

(0) Comments | Posted March 17, 2014 | 3:42 PM

I will be the first to admit that this was the most difficult set of challenges yet, but inspiration strikes during the hardest times. I must still be feeling the gold medal halo from our Canadian Olympic athletes' inspirational victories!

And speaking of Olympic athletes, Thien Hyunh displayed...

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The Main Ingredients Spring Edition: Roasting (Chef's Meal)

(0) Comments | Posted March 14, 2014 | 11:48 AM

We've used the stovetop quite extensively in the last two challenges with stewing and stir frying, so for the final challenge it's time to pay attention to the oven; this week, we're mastering our roasting technique.

Roasting is generally done at a higher temperature than baking, in order to...

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The Main Ingredients Spring Edition: Stir Fry (Chef's Meal)

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 4:36 PM

I don't know about you, but what I love about cooking is the freedom to take a few ingredients and prepare a dish that expresses the way I am feeling at any particular moment. I might take the same ingredients the very next day and cook them differently, depending on...

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The Main Ingredients Spring Edition: Slow-Cooking Challenge (Chef's Meal)

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 3:14 PM

Up to now in our monthly challenges, we've really focused on trying to prepare a certain style or ethnic dish. A few times, we've been asked to make a main course or dessert for a certain occasion. This time, we're turning up the heat with what I think is our...

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The Main Ingredients: Spring Edition Introduction

(0) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 3:30 PM

As we head into late winter with no early signs of spring (I really need a little chat with the groundhog) it could be a bit more challenging to find fresh vegetables and fruits that are in season. Going back to my days as a pastry chef, this is what...

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The Main Ingredients Holiday Challenge: Chef's Conclusions

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2014 | 1:08 PM

With all the conveniences of modern life and stores now offering huge shopping deals from November 1 for holiday gift giving, we should all be so relaxed by the middle of December that our healthy holiday menu is planned with time to spare, right? But it's just so crazy out...

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The Main Ingredients III: Winter Comfort Classics (Chef's Meal)

(0) Comments | Posted December 30, 2013 | 3:46 PM

There is one upside to the cold blistery weather during the holiday season and that's all the gently simmering food you can braise, boil, simmer and roast. There is something wonderfully comforting about taking a few seasonal ingredients, putting them into a pot in a particular order and -- shazam...

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The Main Ingredients Holiday Challenge: Holiday Side Dish (Chef's Meal)

(0) Comments | Posted December 23, 2013 | 3:54 PM

Right about now, most of us are starting to wonder what we're going to make for our holiday dinner. It's a foregone conclusion that a turkey will figure into the menu somewhere since that's the obvious part of the feast but the accompanying dishes require a little more thought. It...

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The Main Ingredients Holiday Challenge: Holiday Pot Luck (Chef's Meal)

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2013 | 4:58 PM

When taking delectable morsels to a family dinner, office gathering or even a school party this holiday season, there are so many things to consider. I'm a believer that taste still trumps everything else, but in addition you have to ensure that it's portable, will taste good at room temperature,...

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The Main Ingredients: Holiday Brunch (Chef's Meal)

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2013 | 2:50 PM

"There's always room for one more person at the table," my mom says whenever anyone in the family starts complaining about not having enough chairs or feeling overwhelmed by the amount of food they'll have to cook over the holidays. We momentarily dismiss her motherly advice but very quickly realize...

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The Main Ingredients III Introduction: Holiday Meals

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2013 | 9:47 AM

The holidays have always been special for me and I have to admit I have gone to great lengths to create that Christmas spirit. Building gingerbread houses was one of my favourite seasonal events, and my architectural ambitions expanded over the years to include a replica of a health spa...

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Second Round of Challenges Comes to a Close With Truly Inventive Creations

(0) Comments | Posted October 10, 2013 | 5:21 PM

It's always interesting to see what others will do when given the exact same ingredients. In fact, in the professional world there are competitions officially referred to as "the black box". That was my final exam in culinary school in Paris long, long ago when cell phones were...

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The Main Ingredients Challenge #4: Multicultural Meal (Chef's Meal)

(0) Comments | Posted October 8, 2013 | 5:20 PM

Travelling for me is not only a way to unwind and turn off the engine but also my greatest source of culinary inspiration. There are times when I've had to come up with so many new recipes on the fly that I literally think "That's it! I can't think of...

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The Main Ingredients Challenge #3: Soup's On (Chef's Meal)

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2013 | 2:27 PM

With Thanksgiving around the corner we should be truly be grateful to learn new ways of cooking with all this incredible bounty. And it's no stretch at this time of year to embrace the satisfying warmth of a homemade soup.

This week's challenge is to use our ingredients to...

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The Main Ingredients Challenge #2: Busy Weekday Lunch Challenge (Chef's Meal)

(1) Comments | Posted September 27, 2013 | 1:34 PM

My dream is to know that on tables all around the world, children and parents are sitting down and eating the same meal. All right, that might be a touch dramatic, but nonetheless the feeling I get when I am in the presence of such a phenomenon is always memorable....

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Challenge #1 : Busy Weekday Breakfast (Chef's Meal)

(1) Comments | Posted September 17, 2013 | 7:24 PM

In the month of September, I try to keep my mind free of distraction and instead ponder how much I love to cook at this time of year, and what a staggering variety of produce we have to choose from.

You'll see in my selection of ingredients...

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The Main Ingredients: Back To School Challenge

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2013 | 4:42 PM

The three following words immediately elicit different but equally strong emotions in people everywhere: BACK TO SCHOOL. While kids anticipate the end of their lazy sun-filled days and entertain thoughts of new teachers, unfamiliar books, and homework, parents feel a sigh of relief in the knowledge that finally they don't...

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First Round Of Challenges Wraps Up With Inventive and Entertaining Results

(0) Comments | Posted August 28, 2013 | 6:28 PM

I'd like to thank everyone for their entries in the first in a series of ingredient challenges over the next few months. It was both very entertaining and insightful to see how families across the country dealt with using my 12 ingredients in the various -- and often...

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The Main Ingredients Challenge #4: Smorgasbord Meal (Chef's Meal)

(1) Comments | Posted August 26, 2013 | 8:04 PM

As we head into the last of our challenges, for these 12 ingredients, no doubt you've already been inspired with some new ways to cook with all of them. For the last challenge, we have to dig deep and use every single one of the ingredients to prepare a smorgasbord...

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The Main Ingredients Challenge: The No-Cook Meal

(0) Comments | Posted August 22, 2013 | 4:19 PM

Every couple of weeks, my dinner menu consists of a family-style salad platter. Sometimes it's a completely vegetarian meal, and other times I throw in a can of sardines to kick up the protein. I would be lying if I told you this dinner is always met with the cheers...

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